Accreditation Criteria

Accreditation leads to full membership of FiP Ltd and provides entry to the UKCP Register of Psychotherapists through the CPJA section.

Criteria and Procedure

Applicants for accreditation as psychoanalytic psychotherapists in individual work may either already be registered with UKCP in another section, or may not be registered with UKCP but be seeking accreditation on the basis of training and experience.

Equal Opportunities; this route is available for people with disabilities for whom other routes to accreditation would be inappropriate.

Applicants may be accredited as either psychodynamic (once weekly work) or psychoanalytic psychotherapists (twice weekly work - minimum).
Psychotherapists who have not had a formal training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy may achieve professional equivalence according to the criteria that FiP Ltd has agreed with the Training Standards Committee of the CPJA Section of UKCP. In assessing equivalence credit will be given for prior experiential learning at the discretion of the Accreditation Committee.

Detailed Requirements for an accreditation application.

Training: a formal postgraduate academic course of about 500 hours usually over 4 years but not counting an introductory year. The course would include the main psychoanalytic theories and techniques.
Knowledge and/or experience of infant development and preferably the experience of a psychiatric placement or other experience of serious mental disorder.
At least one substantial piece of written work.
Clinical seminars.
(The above would be the basis on which equivalence would be measured.)

A portfolio of training which in its totality could be regarded as equivalent to the above.

Personal Psychotherapy
Personal psychotherapy, not less than twice a week, with an approved psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP/CPJA section; BPC or ACP). This should normally continue for at least four years, of which three years must overlap with the psychoanalytic work which the applicant wishes to be considered for accreditation. The applicant should have had experience of at least the same extent and frequency of personal psychotherapy as that which they intend to offer to their patients.

Personal Supervision
Individual weekly supervision, with a psychoanalytic supervisor, of one long-term training case (minimum two years twice-weekly work.) The second supervised case should be for a minimum of a year with a psychoanalytic supervisor.

Experience in Psychoanalytic Practice
All applicants should have had several years of working psychoanalytically.

Some experience of assessment and of an institutional setting would be an advantage.

For accreditation as an individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, the requirements are the same as for a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist except that the minimum of twice-a-week clinical work with the long-term patients would be reduced to a once-a-week minimum.

Once you are confident that you meet the criteria, please read the procedure outlined below and complete the application form found at the link at the end of this narrative.

Please Note: The Accreditation Committee meet 3 times a year; Autumn, Winter and Summer. Submissions should be received by 20th of September, December or May respectively. A response will normally be given within 6 to 10 weeks of these deadlines.

Stage One
The applicant sends six copies of a completed form and C.V for the committee's consideration. If the Candidate is considered to be eligible they will be invited to proceed to Stage Two.

Stage Two
The applicant makes a full application. Six copies should be sent to the Accreditation Committee.The application consists of:
A case study (supervised by a psychoanalytic supervisor) to show effective use of psychoanalytic theories in clinical work, including illustration of this in sessions including awareness of the transference and countertransference processes (2,500 - 3000 words). A list of bibliographic references should be given at the end.
A professional development statement of 2,000-3,000 words to include:
A statement about the evolution of practice and the theoretical models informing it, demonstrating psychoanalytic concepts in the work.
Two clinical vignettes (which can be written separately or incorporated within the professional development statement) describing work with two people - other than the patient in the case-study and which illustrate a particular stage or aspect of your work. Up to 500 words each.
The applicant will ask two persons, of whom one must be their most recent supervisor, to provide professional references and send them to the Accreditation Committee. The applicant will provide the referees with a copy of the FiP Ltd Guidance for Referees, which is included in the pack. (At least one reference must be received by the committee before the candidate can be interviewed.)
The applicant will be invited for interview with two assessors appointed by the Accreditation Committee who will discuss the application and will report to the FiP Ltd accreditation committee.
The decision on whether to award formal accreditation is based on the quality and standard of the work presented and the interview process, and is reached by the Accreditation Committee, taking into account all the information supplied to them. The decision of the Accreditation Committee will be final.The requirements outlined in the accreditation process are minimumcriteria and do not automatically lead to accreditation.The only grounds for appeal against the decision of the Accreditation Committee is failure of the committee to follow the FIP Ltd Accreditation procedure.
Recommendations for suitable further training, psychotherapy and/or supervision may be made by the Accreditation Committee in those cases where applicants do not fulfil all the criteria.
Costs for applications for Accreditation are:
Stage One Registration fee: £25
If application proceeds to Stage Two a further fee of £175 will be required.